BARKING mad dog owners are dressing up their pooches in England strips and hosting World Pups!
The trend for dressing up our pets has reached fever pitch with owners spending up to £1200 a year on doggy accessories.
And at The Barkside doggy daycare centre in Ancoats, staff dressed up their guests in £10 strips to mark the occasion.
Leah Ven, 38, manager at The Barkside said: “We love to think of fun ways to keep the dogs entertained and with the World Cup coming up, we thought they’d like to try football.”
Furry pals Saga, Frank, Biscuit, Marsha and Oakley practiced their paw-paw-two formation ahead of this summer’s football tournament.
As Gareth Southgate’s team warm up for their first match, the cute pups have been honing their ball skills.
French Bulldog Biscuit is only one but is the star of the team. She can do headers and once she’s got hold of the ball she won’t let it go!
Rat terrier Saga, aged three, is fast on her paws too and once she has the ball between them, there’s no stopping her.
Clever Maltese Marsha is the oldest in the squad at the age of five, but can balance on her back paws to intercept a pass.
Sausage dog Frank, four, is more sedentary and likes to stay in goal.
The youngest pup is mini-Dachshund Oakley who is just 8 months and is learning his dribbling skills from the rest of the pack.
Lisa added: ““For a group of little dogs, the five of them play really well and it’s so sweet to see them enjoying themselves dressed up in their football shirts.
“Biscuit and Saga are super tenacious and when they have hold of the ball, even we struggle to get it off them, never mind the other dogs!”
A survey by American Express found the 8.5 million dog owners in the UK spent an average of £1252 a year treating their pet, £540 of which was on treats and accessories.
A version of this story appeared in the Sunday People – World Cup fever grips doggy daycare centre as pooches dress up for the World Pup.
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